What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin and made from dental ceramic. They are bonded directly to the tooth surfaces on the front of your teeth. They are a great option when improving your smile because of the minimal amount of tooth surface or enamel that is disturbed.
Veneers requires a high quality dental laboratory to produce the best looking final product. Dr. Becker and Dr. Cavanaugh have the technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail needed to make a natural looking smile. Our dental office routinely places veneers, and have worked with our local dental laboratory design each case to fit the individual patient. Often a custom shade is also required to match the characteristics of the patient’s smile.
Some of our patients have asked if they look like normal teeth?
When finally bonded over your teeth, the porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable, will be matched to your other teeth and are resistant to stains. Porcelain veneers have the appearance of healthy white enamel and sometimes require patients to whiten the other teeth in smile line. When more tooth structure is lost, because of decay or a root canal, dental crowns made be required to strengthen the tooth.
How durable are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain is harder than natural enamel and with proper care, porcelain veneers will will last for ten to fifteenth years. Care must be taken when eating food like barbecue ribs, tough steak, carrots and apples. Cutting your food into smaller pieces will reduce the chances of your veneer fracturing. Just like a natural tooth veneer can break, so refraining from using your veneers as tools to cut and open things will prolong their life. If accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the veneer involved.
Drs. Cavanaugh and Dr. Becker will ensure that your veneers are crafted from the highest quality dental porcelains at our local lab in Littleton Colorado. When the patient is happy with the final color and shape they are bonded to the tooth surface.